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Archaia Studios Press
Type Private
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Founded 2002 (launch)
Founder(s) Mark Smylie
Key people Mark Smylie
Industry Publishing
Products Comics
Parent Kunoichi
Website ArchaiaSP.com

Archaia Studios Press is an American comic book publishing company established by Mark Smylie in 2002.

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History

Mark Smylie formed the company as a home for his comic Artesia because the publisher, Sirius Entertainment, wanted to print the third series in black and white. He quickly realised he might as well publish other titles and early titles included Mouse Guard, Robotika and The Lone and Level Sands. [1]

In March 2007 ASP hired Joseph Illidge, formerly at Milestone Comics, and announced a dozen new titles. [2] Revere joined from Alias Comics, after they moved to an all-Christian line-up, and ASP will publish the trade paperback. [3] Starkweather (based on a story by Piers Anthony) moved over from Arcana Studios for better "product positioning". [4]

Pauline Benney joined as Art Director in late 2007 after a decade working in the same position at White Wolf, Inc.[5]

In May 2008 Aki Liao, ASP's co-publisher, decided to depart from the company for personal reasons. This started an ongoing commitment to make ASP capable of releasing new titles on time and according to schedule retailers and fans would like to see.[6]

Archaia was bought by Kunoichi in October 2008[7][8]

Titles

Comics published by Archaia Studios Press include:

  • Okko (by Hub):
    • The Cycle of Water (English translation, tpb, 4-issue mini-series, 112 pages, hardcover, August 2007, ISBN 1-932386-30-0)
    • The Cycle of Earth (January, 2008, ongoing) [28]
  • Primordia (by John R. Fultz and Roel Wielinga, September 2007)[29][30]
  • Revere: (by Ed Lavallee and Grant Bond) [31]
  • Robotika (by Alex Sheikman):
    • Robotika (tpb, 128 pages, hardcover, December 2006, ISBN 1932386211)[32][33][34]
    • Robotika: For a Few Rubles More (October 2007-ongoing)[35][36]
  • Runners: The Big Snow Job (by Sean Wang, May 2008, forthcoming)[37]
  • Scars: A Life Well-Lived (by Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, 3-issue mini-series, December 2007, forthcoming)[38]
  • Some New Kind of Slaughter, or Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again): Diluvian Myths from Around the World (by Marvin Perry Mann and A. David Lewis, a 4-issue mini-series, December 2007-June 2008)[39][40]
  • Starkweather: Immortal (original story for issue #0 by Piers Anthony, adapted by David Rodriguez, with art by Patrick McEvoy, July 2007. Rodriguez and McEvoy continue the 5-issue mini-series, scheduled for bi-monthly publication.)[41][42]
  • Titanium Rain (by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, July 2008, forthcoming)[43]
  • Trial by Fire: Genesis (by Juda Tverski[44], July 2008, forthcoming)[45]

Archaia has also published a role-playing game based on Artesia:

  • Artesia: Adventures in the Known World
  • Universities of the Middle Kingdom (by A. David Lewis, forthcoming)

Awards

  • 2008: Nominated for "Best U.S. Edition of International Material" Eisner Award, for The Killer.[46]

Films

So far two comics series have been optioned for adaptation into films: The Killer and Starkweather.[42]

Notes

  1. ^ Talking with Archaia Studios Press' Mark Smylie, April 24, 2006, Comic Book Resources
  2. ^ Archaia Studios Hires Joe Illidge As Editor
  3. ^ Paul Revere, Monster Hunter Extraordinaire!?, July 10, 2007, Comic Book Resources
  4. ^ Immortal Witch Boy, interview with David Rodriguez, June 15, 2007
  5. ^ Archaia Studios Hires Pauline Benney as Art Director, press release, Silver Bullet Comic Books, November 8, 2007
  6. ^ ASP to restructure, address schedule delays
  7. ^ Archaia Studios Press To Be Acquired by Kunoichi, Inc., Not Devil's Due, Comic Book Resources, October 8, 2008
  8. ^ Kunoichi to Purchase Archaia Studios Press, Newsarama, October 8, 2008
  9. ^ Awakening at Archaia Studios Press
  10. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (September 3, 2009). "Archaia's Zombie-Themed THE AWAKENING Returns From the Dead". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/090303-the-awakening.html. Retrieved 2009-09-03.  
  11. ^ Review of The Bond of Saint Marcel #1, Comics Bulletin, July 3, 2008
  12. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (July 19, 2009). "Phil Hester Resets Time in Days Missing". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/090715-PhilHesterDays.html. Retrieved August 23, 3009.  
  13. ^ a b Manning, Shaun (June 30, 2009). "David Hine Joins Roddenberry's "Days Missing"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21824. Retrieved August 23, 3009.  
  14. ^ Sunu, Steve (September 15, 2009). "Hine & Edginton Talk "Days Missing"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22927. Retrieved September 15, 2009.  
  15. ^ Manning, Shaun (June 18, 2009). "Frazer Irving on “Days Missing”". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21644. Retrieved August 23, 3009.  
  16. ^ ASP Showcase: The Devil's Panties, Newsarama, February 13, 2008
  17. ^ The Engineer at Archaia Studios Press
  18. ^ Shepherd and Churilla "Engineer" an Original, Comic Book Resources, October 1, 2007
  19. ^ Talking to Brian Churilla: The Engineer and more, Newsarama, November 19, 2007
  20. ^ Chandra Free talks "The God Machine", Comic Book Resources, May 30, 2008
  21. ^ ASP Sneak Peek: The Grave Doug Freshly, Newsarama, January 18, 2008
  22. ^ Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation I, Newsarama, February 18, 2008
  23. ^ Luc Jacamon at Lambiek
  24. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  25. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  26. ^ The Long Count #1, Newsarama, October 12, 2007
  27. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  28. ^ Okko: The Cycle of Earth' #1, Newsarama, January 31, 2008
  29. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  30. ^ Primordia #1, Newsarama, September 18, 2007
  31. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  32. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  33. ^ Review of Robotika #4
  34. ^ "Robotika" Wins Bronze Medal For Best Graphic Novel of 2006, Comic Book Resources, press release, June 8, 2007
  35. ^ Robotika: For a Few Rubles More #1, Newsarama, October 22, 2007
  36. ^ For a Few Monkeys More: An Interview with Robotika's Alex Sheikman and David Moran, Comics Bulletin, January 17, 2007
  37. ^ Runners: The Big Snow Job, Newsarama, February 6, 2008
  38. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  39. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  40. ^ Some New Kind of Slaughter #1, Newsarama, October 31, 2007
  41. ^ Archaia Studios Press
  42. ^ a b Benderspink options 'Starkweather', Variety, November 8, 2007
  43. ^ Titanium Rain, Newsarama, March 3, 2008
  44. ^ Juda Tverski - Official Website
  45. ^ Trial by Fire: Genesis, Newsarama, February 28, 2008
  46. ^ 2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named (press release), Newsarama, April 14, 2008

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